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BuzzFeed Names Australia Editor

Get ready Australia, BuzzFeed is coming for you. The first step was just announced, as BuzzFeed named Simon Crerar its Australia editor. Crerar will be responsible for expanding BuzzFeed’s reach down under. Crerar most recently served as visual story editor for News Corp Australia.

“Simon has a great sense both for news and the stimulating shareable content beloved by BuzzFeed readers from Los Angeles to Melbourne, and his overwhelming enthusiasm for Australia will be obvious to local readers,” said Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief, in a statement.

“BuzzFeed’s unique approach to shaping news in the social age is ideally suited to Australia, a nation with the world’s highest rate of Facebook use and a national conversation shaped by Twitter and emerging social media tools,” added Crerar.

Ad Age Takes a Gander at the Website That ‘Ate the News’

You’ve got to love a list that starts off with gloves-off comments from executives at a pair of very recognizable media brands. Crowning Michael Sebastian‘s compilation of ten surprising things about UK behemoth Mail Online is the relayed observation that the UK/U.S. operation considers itself the antithesis of BuzzFeed:

BuzzFeed is about viral content, something MailOnline certainly appreciates, said Martin Clarke, publisher of MailOnline.”But really what we’re about is the big homepage,” he said. “We do stories that we think are going to work on our home page, which is why we don’t do ’31 Things To Do Before Breakfast.’”

(BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith defended the site’s emphasis on social media. “He’s right that we’re doing opposite things: we’re trying to create great content that people are proud, not embarrassed, to share,” he said in a statement.)

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BuzzFeed Names Miriam Elder Foreign and National Security Editor

BuzzFeed has named Miriam Elder as its first foreign and national security editor. Elder comes to BuzzFeed from The Guardian, where she served as Moscow correspondent. Elder had been in Moscow since 2006.

“Miriam is a great journalist and social web native who has an great sense both for news and for the next big story, as her coverage of the recent political protest in Russia — on the web, and on Twitter — has shown,” Ben Smith, editor of BuzzFeed, said in a statement. “Her deep roots in international news will be vital to bringing this coverage to a new medium and through new forms.”

Elder will be based in New York and begins July 25.

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BuzzFeed Adding Foreign News Coverage

BuzzFeed is branching out. Again. The New York Times reports that the site is taking steps to add foreign coverage by adding a Washington-based foreign editor and six reporters under him or her. Two of those staffers will likely be stationed in Cairo and Mexico City.

Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief, told the Times that the push for foreign reporting was inspired by readers’ reaction to BuzzFeed’s Boston Marathon coverage. “Now we have an audience that wants to learn what’s going on in the world,” he explained.

With this expansion, it’s only a matter of time before BuzzFeed has a section for everything. Think Huffington Post, only less sideboob. For now.

Lisa Tozzi Departs New York Times for BuzzFeed

Lisa Tozzi is joining BuzzFeed as its news director. Tozzi comes to BuzzFeed from The New York Times, where she had been for the past 13 years. Tozzi was most recently a deputy editor of the Times’ national desk.

“We’re in a unique place to combine boots on the ground reporting with a sophisticated understanding of how news is made and spreads on the social web,” said Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief, in a statement. “Lisa is the perfect person to lead this: She’s an innovative web native with fast and sure news judgment learned at a great institution. We’re thrilled to watch her take our coverage to the next level and lead our talented team of reporters and editors.”

Tozzi begins May 13.

BuzzFeed is Launching a Business Section

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that BuzzFeed is adding a business section to its wide array of offerings. Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of the site, told the Journal that people love business content and are sharing it more than ever. Therefore, BuzzFeed wants a piece.

To run the new section, BuzzFeed has tapped media reporter veteran Peter Lauria.

Rumor has it BuzzFeed’s top dogs have already sent a memo out asking staffers to scour Reddit for business content to use. We kid! We kid!

A Lot of Media People Partied Last Night

The whirlwind surrounding the New Republic continued last night as Chris Hughes, editor-in-chief and publisher of the magazine, threw a party to celebrate the glossy. Since those in the publishing business love nothing more than to hobnob with people just like them, there was a slew of big names in attendance.

Now you might be saying “I don’t care about yet another event full of media people congratulating themselves for being themselves” but we know you do! Otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. So allow us to give you what you want, a list of people who went to Hughes’ shindig, via The Huffington Post.

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BuzzFeed Names Political Editor

McKay Coppins has been promoted from political reporter to political editor of BuzzFeed. During the past presidential election, Coppins guided the site’s coverage of Mitt Romney.

“McKay was one of the breakout political reporters this cycle and is primed to run one of the best politics teams out there,” said Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, in a statement. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to have him as our political editor.”

Coppins will work work closely with Smith on the site’s political coverage.

BuzzFeed LA Launch Party at Mondrian’s Skybar

FishbowlLA braved the harsh L.A. drizzle on Thursday night to hit Skybar, where BuzzFeed staffers and friends were celebrating the launch of the website’s new Los Angeles bureau. Top BuzzFeed brass was in attendance: CEO and founder Jonah Peretti, president Jon Steinberg, editor-in-chief Ben Smith, executive VP of video Ze Frank, and probably more we didn’t recognize.

We spotted Nate Silver in the crowd, as well as Julia Boorstin of CNBC, comedian Chelsea PerettiLA Times VP of Communications Nancy Sullivan and former Good magazine editor Ann Friedman, who tolerated some gushing on our behalf over her delightful Tumblr and column, #Real Talk.

But we don’t have pictures of any of these lovely people, because we forgot our camera. We only managed this one grainy cell phone picture before giving up and hitting the open bar:

That’s Ann-Marie Thomson of SYCO television, Grantland editor Emily Yoshida and BuzzFeed’s Los Angeles bureau chief Richard Rushfield being blinded by my cell phone camera.

BuzzFeed Hires Roll Call’s John Stanton

John Stanton, a veteran of Roll Call, is joining BuzzFeed to head its Washington D.C. bureau. Politico reports that Stanton will be part of a BuzzFeed D.C. team which will include three more reporters.

BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith said of the hire, “His hard-hitting, original reporting and creative thinking is exactly the sort of fast, smart, revelatory work that succeeds on the social web.”

Stanton begins July 9.

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